Tickets on sale now! Backstage for Christmas: A Holiday Cabaret benefit concert, 12/17 at 6:30pm!

Celebrate the holiday season at an intimate concert to benefit Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP)!

The up-close cabaret — featuring Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls), Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot, Everyday Rapture), Derek Klena (Carrie, Dogfight, “American Idol” Hollywood Week Finalist), Andrew Lippa (Wild Party, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Addams Family), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell, Everyday Rapture, Grease), Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Seth Numrich (War Horse, Golden Boy, The Merchant of Venice), and Ali Stroker (“Glee Project”), with Olivia Hardy — will take guests to a private performance space within Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre; access is through the Stage Door. Expect your favorite holiday songs, and some musical surprises.

Backstage for Christmas: A Holiday Cabaret is produced and music-directed by Drama Desk Award-winning orchestrator Mary-Mitchell Campbell, who is also the Founder and Executive Director of ASTEP. Appearing with pianist Campbell will be Damien Bassman (drums/percussion).

$75 – Admission

$100 – Admission + free copy of ASTEP’s New York City Christmas CD*

All proceeds from tickets to the show and album sales go to supporting ASTEP’s mission to use the power of the arts to transform the lives of underserved youth. PURCHASE TICKETS!

*ASTEP’s New York City Christmas album is a collection of fresh, original approaches–pop, soul, R&B, rock and more–of holiday songs created by Drama Desk nominated orchestrator, Lynne Shankel, and performed by the best musicians and singers from Broadway, including Little Mermaid star Sierra Boggess, Tony Winner Raul Esparza, American Idol star Constatine Maroulis, and many more!

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a silent auction will be held.

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Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had—their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.

For Yeshwini, a student at Shanti Bhavan in India, playing piano is magic!


When Mary Mitchell first came to Shanti Bhavan, she played us songs from Dhoom Machale and Titanic. I loved her way of playing the piano. I loved the way the music that she played kept my friends happy, interactive, and excited.

In my mind I thought one day, I will get to play the piano and I will be like Mary.

In the 5th grade I said to myself, “You will never get to play the piano,” and then I heard the word “piano” which distracted me from my negative thoughts. It was Mrs. Ruth asking us who wants to learn the piano. Eighteen hands shot into the air. All eighteen hands restlessly waiting to be chosen.

Then Mrs. Ruth saw me and asked, “Yeshwini, do you want to play the piano?”

My heartbeat was 5X more than the normal heartbeat. All seventeen eyes looked at me eagerly waiting for my answer.

With an excited voice, I said, “Yes!”

Then Mrs. Ruth smiled at me and wrote my name on the board. I was full of mixed feelings. I wondered how easy or difficult it is to play the piano. At 4:00 pm, Mrs. Ruth called me and told me that ASTEP Volunteer Artist Katherine would be my teacher. After my first lesson, I thought playing the piano is not as easy as you think. I walked out of the music room with a tired mind. Till now, I try my best to get to the level Mary Mitchell plays and I know I will.

— Yeshwini (7th grade SB student)


+ Visit Get Involved to learn more about our arts programs in India and how to become an ASTEP Volunteer Artist!